Adams Avenue Unplugged takes place the weekend of April 25 and 26, along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, from University Heights on the West through Normal Heights, and into parts of Kensington to the East. The event will feature 150 live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood and on four community stages evenly spread out throughout the district. Being able to pair the Avenue’s unique dining and drinking establishments, each with their own special ambiances and selections, with free musical performances, makes Adams Avenue the place to be on the last weekend of April. The AABA hopes to treat musical aficionados and foodies to the rich neighborhood culture.
Music is scheduled from 12:00 to 10:00 PM on Saturday, April 25, and 12 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, April 26. Some artists will be playing multiple sets allowing attendees more opportunity to catch their favorite performers.
The KIND free trolley service will be provided on Adams Avenue during the festival to subsidize the walking required to traverse the expansive event footprint. Parking is limited to residential neighborhood streets and can get quite congested. MTS bus routes 2 & 11 will service the neighborhoods. Wear comfortable walking shoes and plan on getting your exercise by exploring all the avenue has to offer.
Adams Avenue Unplugged is a free event, but due to the demand and limited seating (250) in the Church Stage on Mansfield Street, they will be allowing reserved seating for $10 this year. Reserving a seat guarantees your spot at the show. Each of these headliners will also play sets at one of the outside park stages.
Adams Avenue runs through the craftsman communities of Normal Heights, Kensington, Antique Row and University Heights. Up until the 1950’s San Diego’s first trolleys serviced the neighborhood. The area’s renowned walkability allows residents and visitors alike the opportunity to take in historic landmarks and nature trails. Overlooking Mission Valley and easily accessible from both Adams Avenue exits on the I-805 and I-15, this business district combines the best of San Diego’s past with a thriving modern scene spread along a two and a half mile corridor.
The canyon rimmed district is known for its vintage character and neighborhood celebrations. Scores of restaurants line the avenue offering culinary favorites from around the world. The area’s pubs and coffee houses provide for intimate settings and local character. Shop keeper’s focus on customer service and distinctive shopping alternatives. The Adams Avenue Street Fair and Adams Avenue Unplugged are San Diego’s largest free music festivals and occur on the final weekend of every September and April. Taste of Adams Avenue, held every year at the end of June, provides the opportunity to sample the Avenue’s finest flavors from over 30 food and beverage establishments.
Of course, what really makes the Adams Avenue neighborhood special are the people who live, work, and play in the community. Come and experience a small-town vibe in the heart of the country’s eighth largest city. Relax with friends at popular dining and drinking establishments, shop for one of a kind treasures, and come take in the sights and sounds during one of the world class community festivals.